Short stories that expose the desperation under the skin of seemingly invulnerable upper-class, blue-eyed WASPs. Robinson writes like an angel.


Asking for Love

cover image of the book Asking for Love
Random House

The 15 stories in Robinson’s second collection (after A Glimpse of Scarlet) serve as clear windows into the posh world of East Coast WASPs.

In this second collection of her short fiction, the author returns to the world she knows so well, and shows us men and women whose lives are in various stages of disarray or disrepair. Divorce and remarriage have altered their landscapes, and they struggle to achieve order with a new set of rules. Stories like “The Nightmare” and “Family Restaurant” explore the minefields of stepparenting and portray the confused struggles—sometimes silent, sometimes not—of the ultimate victims of divorce, the children.

Several of the stories in this collection have appeared in The Atlantic and Harper’s, and one, “Mr. Sumarsono,” was included in The Best American Short Stories 1994.

  • Named one of the Notable Books of the Year by the American Library Association

Asking for Love delighted me no end. I think ‘King of the Sky’ is one of the most masterful, achieved stories I’ve read in a long time.

Alice Munro

Asking for Love is marked by Roxana Robinson’s characteristic mix of elegance and tenderness.

Mary Gordon